Tickets Now Available and Going Fast! You’re Invited to Our First Neighborhood Garden Tour, 8/20/17

We are THRILLED to invite you to Keystone-Monon’s FIRST neighborhood garden tour! “Keystone-Monon Grows” will be part neighborhood garden tour, part community gathering, part garden fundraiser, and ALL fun. TICKETS ARE LIMITED, SO ACT FAST!
 
WHEN: Sun., August 20 from 2-5pm
WHAT: The event will feature a bicycle tour (automobiles also allowed) of several home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, an insider’s look at our new community garden at Arsenal Park, and a tour of the gorgeous demonstration gardens at the IN State Fairgrounds. The tour will end with FREE admission to the last day of the IN State Fair, thanks to our presenting sponsor, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.
 
PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY! Tickets are limited, and we only have 23 adult tickets left! Don’t miss out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keystone-monon-grows-neighborhood-garden-tour-tickets-35711710688

ADULTS (16+): $10
KIDS 8-15: $5
KIDS 7 and under: FREE

Can’t attend but want to serve as a founding supporter? Donate today: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/keystone-monon-garden-tour-founding-sponsors-2017

 
We can’t wait to see you!
All the best,
The Keystone-Monon Community Garden coalition
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Get to Know an Urban Garden Near You!

This map just amazes us! Urban gardens have taken over Indianapolis, and it’s so wonderful to see that so many value the community and individual benefits of community gardens and urban farming.

P.S. Check out lucky number 87 – the Keystone-Monon Community Garden!

Download a PDF version of the 2016 Community and Urban Gardens Map, Indianapolis.

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Love Community and Urban Agriculture? Consider Supporting Our FIRST Neighborhood Garden Tour!

The Keystone-Monon Community Garden is getting SUPER excited as we organize our first ever neighborhood garden tour on August 20! Tickets will be available in early July for the bike tour, and we are working now to garner individual and business sponsorships and support.

We invite YOU – yes, you! – to become one of our founding sponsors! If you support community and making urban agriculture a thing that every city resident experiences as a normal part of their day, we would love for you to donate. Even $5 makes a big difference for a community- and volunteer-driven project like our own!

Visit our online fundraising page today to show your support, or contact us at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com if you would like to sponsor a specific garden tour item, like one of our tour stops! 

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Today’s the Day! Visit Indy Urban Flea and Centerpoint Brewing and Help Us Give Thanks

Each month, a really cool thing happens in downtown Indy at the Circle City Industrial Complex: an urban flea market where you’ll find new-to-you treasures of all kinds, locally grown veggies and roasted coffee, and a hopping fun brewery right next door. I’m talking about Indy Urban Flea, which is not only a really cool monthly event but also a tremendous community partner and supporter.

In April, Indy Urban Flea and Centerpoint Brewing selected the garden to be its featured community partner! Thanks to this support, we raised $327 from our seedling sale and onsite donations at Indy Urban Flea and an additional $274 from Centerpoint Brewing, which donated $1 for every pint sold to the garden (and it happened to be a gorgeous, sunny day).

That’s a grand total of $601 raised!

What does that mean for a community garden that’s entirely volunteer- and donation-driven? So, so much. We stretch every dollar, and we were blown away by our community’s response and generosity. Not only can we now cover the not-so-sexy, yet totally necessary cost of our public liability insurance next year, but we also look forward to building some new communal garden beds, like a strawberry patch for all our gardeners and neighbors to enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Indy Urban Flea today, rain or shine, and enjoy a pint from the fine folks at Centerpoint Brewing:

  • Indy Urban Flea
  • Saturday, 5/20/17, 10am-4pm
  • Circle City Industrial Complex, 1225 Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
  • May’s featured organization: The Village of Merici who provides residential supported living and community integration services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Calling All Home Gardeners: Apply Today for Our First Neighborhood Garden Tour!

Calling all home gardeners: would you like to be featured in our first neighborhood garden tour? We need you – contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com today!

On August 20 from 2-5pm, the Keystone-Monon Community Garden will host a garden tour highlighting some of the amazing, quirky, fun, and productive home gardens we have right here in our neighborhood!

Keystone-Monon Grows will be part neighborhood garden tour, part community gathering, part garden fundraiser, and ALL fun. The event will feature a bicycle tour (automobiles also allowed) of 5-6 different home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, a tour of the community garden at Arsenal Park with gardeners on hand to answer questions, and a closing community gathering at the Arsenal Park picnic shelter.

DETAILS: Please consider applying to be one of the main stops on the first of what what we hope will become a beloved annual garden tour.

Date and Time: Sunday, August 20, 2-5pm
Garden Location: All types of gardens are welcomed! Gardens must fall within the Keystone-Monon boundaries – 54th St. to the north, Keystone Ave. to the east, 38th St. and Fall Creek to the south, and the Monon Trail to the west.
Commitment: Each garden stop will feature a brief tour for attendees, including Q&A with the homeowner/gardener. This should be a fun conversation, all about your garden! All gardens should submit 3-5 photos and a brief bio about themselves and their gardens for use on our website and marketing materials.

To Apply: Send a brief statement of interest/email, your address, and 3-5 pictures of your garden space to kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com. We are looking for all types of gardens and all levels – our goal is to show anyone that a home garden is within their reach!

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Hello, Soil. Pleased to Mulch You!

This morning, we were lucky to have a visit at the garden from Kevin Allison, urban soil specialist with the Marion County Soul and Water Conversation District. Kevin is a wealth of knowledge, and we are looking forward especially to doing some fun things with cover crops this fall at the garden, using his guidance and expertise.

Yes, we get excited about things like cover crops around here. Hey, they are really cool! Cover crops = happy soil = happy plants = less work for us = more delicious veggies.

Kevin also had a really great, really simple tip for our gardeners and anyone growing their own produce: add a light layer of straw to any exposed soil in your garden. As your seeds and seedlings go in the ground, the straw keeps moisture from wicking out of your soil and has a moderating effect on soil temperature. Both of these things limit stress on your plants, make your life easier, and help your plants focus their energy on growing awesome produce for you and your family. It also adds more organic matter to your soil.

And as temperatures broke 80 degrees here in Central Indiana, conserving water and protecting plants from heat will be increasingly important!

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Kevin will be leading a FREE educational workshop, “Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden,” for us in conjunction with the seed library at Glendale Public Library on Sunday, June 11 from 3-4pm. Please come geek out over soil health with us!

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The Countdown Begins: Our Seedling Sale Is One Week Away!

The countdown to our Spring Seedling Sale and Seed Giveaway begins! One week from today, we will be selling close to 200 beautiful seedlings for your garden. All proceeds benefit the garden, which is a completely volunteer-, donation-, and community-driven endeavor.

Join us at Indy Urban Flea, pick up some seeds, buy your seedlings, and have a pint at Centerpoint Brewing! Did we mention $1 from every pint sale goes to the garden, too?

Yeah, our city is pretty rad.

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WHAT: Seedling Sale, Seed Giveaway, and Garden Meet and Greet

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Indy Urban Flea – Circle City Industrial Complex, 1225 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis

Download a flyer to share here.